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Press Release PHE Press Release: The Ten Commandments (1923) (1956) (Blu-ray Digibook)

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  1. Billy Batson

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    ...I did actually re-buy The Ten Commandments when Warner released it on a double bill with Ben-Hur. I just couldn't resist those two long epics in one thin case, & I think it was only around $7.
     
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    I will third Barabbas. And I wish Criterion would upgrade DeMille's King of Kings to BluRay so I don't have to import the French Lobster Films version.
     
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    Me too. I can’t resist special packaging.
     
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    I went back and looked at the box set releases of Ten Commandments and Ben-Hur that we’re released 15 years or so ago. Warner’s included the 1925 version of Ben-Hur as a Blu-ray. I don’t know, but it could have just been just a Blu of a dvd upgrade. Paramount in included the 1923 version in the box set, but only as a DVD.
     
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    The 1923 version released as a BD? That's worth it!
     
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    I got what was presumably the same transfer of the 1923 during a recent iTunes sale for just $5 - assuming that it’s the same as what’s on the disc, it’ll make for a lovely addition to the release.
     
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    Nope the 1923 commandments was a DVD in the Blu-ray release box of the 1956 release.

    The 1925 Ben-Hur was on Blu-ray.
     
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    I think it's a nice reissue, considering there was no option for those discs other than the box set until now, and the booklet (those hardcover book packages are sexy enough to be danced around and worshipped while Moses is up on the mountain) is also nice. Maybe a lot of people get this release at Easter as they're just waking up to the benefits of physical copies and it jumpstarts the Blu-Ray Revival? Easter is a season of miracles after all.
     
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    A question: does this edition of the 1923 Ten Commandments have a proper orchestral score or one of those godawful organ things?
     
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    Godawful. Actually, it's pretty decent for one of those, well-recorded in stereo. It's on a Blu-Ray disc in the 2013 box set, by the way.
     
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    I just checked on the music for the silent version (organ not orchestral) and it's on a Blu-Ray. It's a very nice one, too.
     
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    I just checked my big 10 Commandments box and the silent version is a BD. Ben-Hur silent is a BD as well.
     
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    I detest those godawful organ scores. I recently watched the 1922 Sherlock Holmes with John Barrymore which had one of the godawful organ things droning in the background but I turned off the sound and put on a CD of Jerry Goldsmith's score to Magic to accompany the film and it worked quite nicely.
     
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    This will work too: http://store.intrada.com/s.nl/it.A/id.10415/.f
     
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    Silver Chalice was always Palance and Mayo's movie. Newman was never more than the boy toy element and was scripted as such. No wonder he hated it. I also LOVE the wild and unusual set designs (esp. the banquet scene) and the fabulous Waxman score. The Prodigal is about as campy as one can get, but I spent many joyful DVD viewings of it with my dear old friend Holly Woodlawn whose FAVORITE film this was. It's certainly serious eye candy and, again, that Kaper score is outstanding.
     
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    Exactly!!!
     
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    Unfortunately, that magnificent set sold out a few months ago and is probably going for a pretty penny on the second-hand market, so unless you already bought it, you’re out of luck.
     
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    This from the High-Def Digest review of the 50th Anniversary set: "Disc 3: Ben-Hur (1925 silent version with music track) (SD, 153 minutes)". No, the 1925 Ben-Hur has NEVER been released in HD. I wish I were wrong, but that BD has the old SD transfer.
     
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    and that’s what I indicated in my first post. It’s on a Blu-ray Disc, but it’s the SD transfer.

    I also believe that if the Ten Commandments ‘23 version is SD also, but on a Blu-ray Disc. The box says SD on blu disc, so indicated it was in SD.
     
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    Again, me too!
     

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